AN extraordinary sight came to the streets of Huddersfield.
A nine-metre long ‘Skybolt’ space rocket was transported to Fartown High School where staff, students and visitors enjoyed a taste of outer space provided by the Space4Schools educational outreach programme.
Students learned about the origins of rocketry and human space-flight through a series of exciting demonstrations, presentations and experiments.
Some of the school’s Gifted and Talented students, along with pupils from the feeder primary schools also worked on building and then launching their own motor powered rocket.
Executive headteacher Dr Andy Williams said: “The day of activities provided the opportunity to test the potential of some of our most able pupils and it was good to see them working alongside some of the top scientists from the partner primary schools. The project provided the pupils with a chance to see scientific principles in action and to put into practice scientific approaches to hypothesis, testing and evaluation. The 'Skybolt' rocket created a lot of interest even if it did cause parking problems for staff as it did, taking up a good section of the car park!“
Mr Amer Salim, teacher of science and Gifted and Talented coordinator said: “This has given the students a fantastic day to remember and great fun has been had by all”.